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  • Gambia to represent Africa in German cultural exhibition
    29 may 2003 09:40:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Ubuntu, a German donor organisation on cultural affairs, has chosen the Gambian chapter of the Association For Promoting Girls and Women's Advancement (APGWA) to represent Africa at an international cultural exhibition in Germany. Full text...

  • Yaounde hosts Bantu cultural week
    26 may 2003 22:17:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Cameroon's first cultural week of the International Centre on Bantu Civilisation (CICIBA) kicked off Monday in Yaounde, under the auspices of the ministry of Culture. Full text...

  • Two US actors visit Cape Verde
    26 may 2003 20:13:00
    Praia- Cap-Verde (PANA) -- US actors Eriq La Salle who plays Dr Benton in the TV series 'Emergency Room' on NBC and Michael Beach, a protagonist in 'Third Watch' are on a private visit to Cape Verde. Full text...

  • 600 artists to attend 'MICA 2003' in DR Congo
    23 may 2003 22:11:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- More than 600 artists are expected to participate in the 24-27 June International Market of Culture and Arts (MICA 2003) in Kinshasa, organisers of the event said Friday. Full text...

  • South African University promotes Portuguese language
    22 may 2003 08:40:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- One of Africa's ten best authors of the past century and a South African Constitutional Court Justice would be part of the centre stage at a forum opening Thursday at the University of the Witwatersrand to promote the culture and language of the Portuguese-speaking world. Full text...

  • Abdou Diouf supports cultural diversity rights
    21 may 2003 21:06:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- On the occasion of the first World cultural diversity day celebrated Wednesday, Abdou Diouf, International Francophonie organisation (OIF) secretary-general, called on the international community to institute cultural diversity rights. Full text...

  • UNESCO to organise African Week in Paris
    20 may 2003 23:19:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The African Group of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) Tuesday said it would organise an "African Week" 24-30 May at its Paris headquarters to mark "African Day," celebrated 25 May each year. Full text...

  • Regional leaders pay tribute to Senghor in Lome
    20 may 2003 08:09:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- An exhibition called "Career and Review" of the life of the Senegalese poet, thinker and president, leopold Sedar Senghor, has officially opened in Lome, the Togolese capital. Full text...

  • Lome hosts exhibition in tribute to Senghor
    19 may 2003 21:12:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- An elaborate exhibition involving some 600 works opened Monday at the Palace du Congress in Lome in homage to the Senegalese writer and statesman Leopold Sedar Senghor, who died in December 2001 at the age of 95. Full text...

  • Nigerian pastor on collision course with Swazi culture
    19 may 2003 19:39:00
    Ludzidzini- Swaziland (PANA) -- Ludzidzini Royal Residence governor and Swazi traditional guru, Jim 'Mbhokane' Gama on Monday warned visiting Nigerian apostle, Oseadeba Ekoh, to stick to his religious activities and avoid condemning the Swazi culture. Full text...

  • Five West African to honour Leopold Sedar Senghor in Lome
    19 may 2003 09:00:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Five West African leaders are expected on Monday in Lome to attend an exhibit honouring the late Senegalese leader and intellectual Leopold Sedar Senghor, Togo TV has said. Full text...

  • Foreign troupes invited to Marrakech National Arts Festival
    18 may 2003 09:38:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Foreign troupes from France, Senegal and Poland have been invited to participate in the Marrakech Popular Arts National Festival from 1-6 July, it has been revealed here. Full text...

  • France grants Africa film industry 13.5 million euro
    16 may 2003 16:09:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- French minister of Co-operation, Pierre-Andre Wiltzer will Saturday launch a 13. Full text...

  • Apartheid-era prisoner launches autobiography
    15 may 2003 09:15:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Deputy-President, Dr Jacob Zuma who was among Pan Africanist Congress leader Stanley Mogoba's fellow-prisoners on Robben Island, were among guest speakers at the launch of Mogoba's autobiography here Wednesday night. Full text...

  • Young Central African singers release CD
    14 may 2003 18:38:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Young talents from five Central African countries Wednesday released a CD titled "Eleke," thanks to support from 'Proculture,' financed by the European Union. Full text...

  • Germany returns stolen artefact to Zimbabwe
    14 may 2003 18:18:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Germany Wednesday returned to Zimbabwe, on "permanent loan," an artefact stolen from the country some 100 years ago during European colonisation of Africa. Full text...

  • Exhibition on Sahara desert pulls crowds in Paris
    11 may 2003 14:25:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- An exhibition in Paris showing the various facets of Africa's Sahara Desert has made a big hit among French visitors. Full text...

  • 12th National Youth Festival kicks off in Niger
    09 may 2003 11:54:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- The 12th National Youth Festival of Niger opened Thursday afternoon in Dosso (140 km east of Niamey) gathering some 3,500 youths hailing from all over the country. Full text...

  • African theatre month opens in Paris
    07 may 2003 23:41:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- African theatre month, during which comedians, playwrights, story tellers and authors from the continent are honoured, opened Wednesday in the Villette Park in Paris, France. Full text...

  • 4th European cultural festival opens in Algiers
    07 may 2003 21:41:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- The fourth European cultural festival opened Tuesday night in Algiers with the presentation of a choreographic play entitled "Creation 2003 for 5 dancers. Full text...

  • Joint European, Arab-working group convenes in Libya
    07 may 2003 21:12:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- European experts and their Arab counterparts are gathered here for a preparatory meeting of the working group responsible for dialogue between Europe and the Arab world in education and culture. Full text...

  • Deluge threatens Kenya's 'rain snake'
    07 may 2003 14:04:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Touted as the harbinger of good tidings and rains, the famed python of Wasare village in western Kenya is in danger of drowning from the very deluge with which locals credit it. Full text...

  • Cape Town to get multi-million-rand film studio
    06 may 2003 13:13:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A company bidding for Cape Town's official film studio has swung into action, unveiling plans to build the biggest production house yet on the African continent and to transform the largely white-owned South African film industry. Full text...

  • Singer Jonathan Butler takes Cape Town boy under his wing
    06 may 2003 12:14:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A young Cape Town boy has flown to Los Angeles to record an album with top US musician Jonathan Butler. Full text...

  • Niger to host African Fashion Festival in December
    05 may 2003 21:37:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Niger will host the International Festival of African Fashion (FIMA) in December, Moira Tremaine told the Kenyan fashion fraternity here Monday. Full text...

  • Dakar to host ACP culture ministers confab
    05 may 2003 21:13:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The first conference of Culture ministers from Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries is slated for 20 June in Dakar, Senegal, official sources disclosed Monday. Full text...

  • KwaZulu-Natal unveils Spirit of the Emakhosini
    05 may 2003 13:04:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The Spirit of the Emakhosini, a symbolic monument on top of a hill in Zululand, was unveiled at a special ceremony on Sunday. Full text...

  • 16 killed, 10 injured in musical show stampede in Benin
    04 may 2003 19:23:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Sixteen persons were killed and 10 others seriously injured Saturday evening at the Amitie stadium in Cotonou, a few hours to the start of a musical show by Congolese star Koffi Olomide, hospital sources disclosed Sunday. Full text...

  • Do Kenyan politicians practice voodoo?
    04 may 2003 15:16:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The death of a traditional healer in an accident involving the vehicle of a Member of Parliament, is generating an interesting debate in the country as Kenyans wonder whether highly educated and prominent politicians believe in witchcraft. Full text...

  • Famous Algerian writer Mohamed Dib dies
    03 may 2003 12:16:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- One of Algeria's greatest contemporary writers, Mohamed Dib, passed away on Thursday in Paris after a long illness, sources said in Algiers Saturday. Full text...

  • Tunis hosts regional meeting on Iraqi heritage
    01 may 2003 14:55:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Representatives of some Arab and African cities on UNESCO's heritage list have called for a UN resolution equating attacks on Iraqi antiquities to crimes against humanity. Full text...

  • Jenny Robson says latest novel is her greatest accomplishment
    30 april 2003 10:16:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Award-winning South African writer, Jenny Robson says her latest novel 'Because Pula Means Rain' is her greatest accomplishment yet. Full text...

  • Tchatcho king Koffi Olomide thrills Togolese fans
    28 april 2003 20:08:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Congolese star Koffi Olomide thrilled fans here in a musical concert that held thousands spellbound at the weekend. Full text...

  • OIF secretary general Abdou Diouf visits Kinshasa
    25 april 2003 23:50:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- International Organisation of the Francophonie (OIF) secretary general Abdou Diouf begins a two-day official visit to the Democratic Republic Congo (DR Congo) on Friday. Full text...

  • Kenyan artists leave for UK
    24 april 2003 15:16:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Some 29 Kenyan artists will on Friday leave for a six-month working visit of the United Kingdom where they hope to sensitise the various communities there on various aspects of African culture. Full text...

  • South African celebrities call for end to tax on books
    23 april 2003 16:33:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Famous anti-apartheid actor Pieter-Dirk Uys and other South African celebrities marked World Book Day in Cape Town on Wednesday by calling on the government to abolish tax on books. Full text...

  • Cape Verde Sports and Culture minister visits Cuba
    23 april 2003 14:22:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Cape Verde Sports and Culture minister Jorge Tolentino is currently in Havana to strengthen relations with Cuba in the domain of culture, according to official sources back here. Full text...

  • 20 Senegalese to model in Douala fashion show
    22 april 2003 21:04:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Twenty Senegalese models have been short- listed to participate in the 3rd edition of the fashion show dubbed 'Annual Show' slated for 3 April 2004 in Douala, Cameroon, organisers said Tuesday in Dakar. Full text...

  • Fan stopped from unmasking South African singer
    22 april 2003 08:07:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Security personnel of award- winning singer Mzekezeke assaulted a curious fan who tried to unmask the performer during a concert. Full text...

  • African literature publishers group created in Paris
    22 april 2003 07:39:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Some 19 publishers specialising in African literature have formed an organisation, Afrilivres, aimed at ensuring better distribution of books in Africa, Michel Cadence, one of the promoters of the initiative, told PANA. Full text...

  • One killed, eight injured in Sao Tome and Principe violence
    19 april 2003 18:21:00
    Sao Tome- Sao Tome and Principe (PANA) -- One person was killed and eight hurt in Thursday's clashes between the Sao Tome and Principe police and artefact sellers, witnesses said Saturday. Full text...

  • Benin hosts symposium on African Diaspora next week
    19 april 2003 16:49:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Some 150 participants from Africa, America, Europe and Asia are to take part in next week's international symposium in Benin focusing on the development of Africans in the diaspora, organisers said Saturday. Full text...

  • UNESCO chief pleads for protection of Iraqi heritage
    18 april 2003 22:03:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- UNESCO Director General Koichiro Matsuura pleaded Thursday in Paris for the protection of Iraq's heritage, insisting this was the responsibility of the international community as a whole. Full text...

  • Bamako to host 5th photographic rally
    18 april 2003 19:48:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The Malian capital will from 20 October to 20 November host the 5th edition of the African Photographic Rally, the Malian Culture ministry announced Friday. Full text...

  • France buys back late Emperor Bokassa's castle
    18 april 2003 18:33:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The French government has paid about 260,000 Euro for one of the castles in France that belonged to the late Central African Republic (CAR) Emperor, Jean-Bedel Bokassa, official sources said in Paris Friday. Full text...

  • UMA official condemns looting of Iraqi Museums
    18 april 2003 17:26:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Habib Boulares, secretary general of the Arab Maghreb Union (UMA), has condemned as "barbaric" the looting of Iraqi Museums. Full text...

  • South African writers to receive UNESCO prize
    18 april 2003 16:44:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- South African writers, Jenny Robson and Chilien Antonio Skarmeta will 23 April receive the UNESCO 2003 prize for children and adolescent literatures promoting tolerance, as part of ceremonies marking World Book and Copyright Day. Full text...

  • Africans feature in 2003 UNESCO Children's Book Awards
    17 april 2003 20:54:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- South African writer Jenny Robson has been declared co-winner of the 2003 UNESCO Prize for Children's and Young People's Literature, an award that honours works promoting tolerance. Full text...

  • Nicholas Kotei Djanie hosts workshops in South Africa
    17 april 2003 08:02:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- One of Africa's most experienced and acclaimed drummers, Nicholas Kotei Djanie, on Thursday began four days of performing workshops in the Maluti Mountain Foothills in South Africa. Full text...

  • UNESCO counts losses to cultural heritage in Iraq
    15 april 2003 14:01:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- UNESCO said it has invited some 30 experts to meet Thursday at its Paris headquarters to begin a preliminary evaluation of the state of Iraq's cultural heritage. Full text...

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